Michael Lacey Has Made Historic Contributions to Field of Mathematics

Michael T. Lacey is recognized as one of America’s most accomplished mathematicians.

Born in 1959, Lacey earned a doctorate degree in math from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. His primary adviser was the world-renowned Austrian mathematician Walter Phillip.

Lacey was awarded his Ph.D. for the significant achievement of solving a long-term problem associated with the law of the iterated logarithm for empirical characteristic functions. It’s a subject that belongs to what is known as Banach space — an area that deals with vector spaces.

After receiving his doctorate, Lacey held positions at Louisiana State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, Lacey continued to work with his brilliant mentor Walter Philipp. Together the two math scholars brought forth their proof of the “almost sure central limit theorem” – yet another enormously significant achievement in math. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn

From 1989 through 1996 Professor Lacey was employed by Indiana University. It was there he began his study of bilinear Hilbert transform. This is an area of math that is key in understanding the process of signal processing. His work on Hilbert led to his receiving the Salem Award, a prestigious award that is among the premier recognitions within the field of mathematics.

In 1996 Michael Lacey accepted a position at Georgia Institute of Technology. His work there earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship for research he conducted along with Xiaochun Li, a Ph.D. engineer specializing in science-driven manufacturing.

In 2012, Michael Lacey was inducted as a fellow into the American Mathematical Society.

It would be difficult to underestimate the contributions made by Lacey to the field of mathematics. His solutions to such intractable problems in Banach space and Hilbert transform represent lasting and important contributions to the science of math that have had historic implications.

Michael Lacey continues to lead on the cutting edge of both mathematical theory and the applied science of the field.